Is Ronaldo returning to United?

Reports in Spain claim that Cristiano Ronaldo has told Real Madrid president Florentino Perez that he wants to quit the club.

According to various sources, Ronaldo has made it clear to the club he is not happy, with Cadena Ser de Radio saying the main issue is a falling out within the squad between certain players and that he does not feel ‘valued’ by the club.

And some sources also say that despite having three years left on his current contract, the former Manchester United superstar is shocked that no new deal has been offered to him.

The news broke after Ronaldo visibly failed to celebrate either of his two goals in Real’s 3-0 win over Granada on Sunday.

After the match Ronaldo confirmed that he was not happy – but refused to divuluge the reasons for this.

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This news creates a whole host of speculation. If Ronaldo is to leave the Bernabéu where would he play next.

Realistically, only PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City or Russian side FC Anzhi Makhachkala could afford to pay the required transfer fee and Ronaldo’s wages.

As far as City and Chelsea are concerned, I don’t think Ronaldo would ever consider joining either club based on his loyalty to United.

The Russian Premier Division doesn’t offer much of a challenge in comparison to England, Spain and Italy. As a result, its publicity across Europe seems to suffer. In my opinion, Ronaldo would prefer to stay in the spotlight of the World’s more popular footballing nations

This leaves just PSG. I still don’t consider Ligue1 as prestigious as La Liga or the Premier League. But if Ronaldo’s main focus is money this shouldn’t be a problem. The French first division side already have a host of big names at the club, including Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi and Pastore.

The only other option is a move back to United, the club who made him as a player. As an 18 year old he made the move to Old Trafford from Sporting Lisbon. Here, under the watchful eye of Sir Alex Ferguson, he took United to Champions League glory before leaving to realize his dreams in Spain.

If Ronaldo did leave Spain, would he consider a move back to Manchester United? Obviously he would have to accept a cut in wages – Ferguson would not be prepared to support his current salary.

Personally I think this speculation is being exaggerated, I don’t think he would move from his current club. However, I would love to see him back in the Premier League, especially back alongside his old teammates at Old Trafford.

 

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